Political Theology – The Civil Government (VanDrunen)

I'm in the middle of reading this 2020 publication: Politics after Christendom: Political Theology in A Fractured World by David VanDrunen. I'm enjoying it so far! I especially appreciate the first chapter. In this chapter, VanDrunen gives a biblical foundation for political theology. That is, VanDrunen summarizes the Bible's view of the state (civil government).… Continue reading Political Theology – The Civil Government (VanDrunen)

Subjection to the Governing Authorities

 Romans 13 was one of those parts of Scripture that were formative for me in my later teenage years.  I had to think about it quite a bit since I served in the U.S. Army (Reserves).  And it's still a text that I think about quite a bit since submitting to the civil government is… Continue reading Subjection to the Governing Authorities

We Honor the Governing Authorities (Calvin)

 The apostle Peter tells Christians that we must "honor" and "submit to" governing authorities like kings, presidents, governors, and other similar rulers (1 Pet. 2:13-14, 17).  Peter doesn't say we should honor and submit to some governing authorities, but to all of them (1 Peter 2:13a).  One thing this means is that Christians should be… Continue reading We Honor the Governing Authorities (Calvin)

The Government and the Christian (Luther)

 The Christian faith is not opposed to civil authority.  For example, Scripture calls followers of Jesus to respect authority, pray for leaders in positions of authority, and live peaceful lives for the benefit of society.  In fact, it is a proper interpretation of the fifth commandment to include obedience to those in authority over us.… Continue reading The Government and the Christian (Luther)

Anger, Consumerism, and Big Government

I’m very much enjoying Chuck Colson’s My Final Word, which is a collection of his previously unpublished short articles.  While I don’t agree with everything Colson wrote, much of it is wise, timely, and helpful.  For instance, in one short article from around ten years ago he noted a puzzling fact: even though the United… Continue reading Anger, Consumerism, and Big Government